Cowls and Scarves Free Crochet Patterns

Mermaid Tears Cowl

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If you’ve been following along with our Christmas Hat CAL 2018, you’ve probably seen my Mermaid Tears Hat. I also made a coordinating Mermaid Tears Shawl in the same stitch pattern. It’s really neat to see just how different a stitch can look when worked in two separate weights of yarn!

Originally, I thought I might just link up the Shawl for the end of our Christmas Hat CAL Roundup, but I thought you all might like a cowl that more closely matches the beanie, to make a matched set. This easy lace crochet cowl pattern uses the slightly thicker Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn than the matching beanie pattern, but uses the same hook size and has the same gauge. You could certainly make the matching beanie and cowl crochet patterns with the same yarn for a perfectly coordinated set!

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I love how the lace picot stitches make this cowl look unique. I think the picots added such a nice touch to the Mermaid Tears Shawl that I had to include them for this cowl!

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1 Skein Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn, Cream and Teal, 78% acrylic, 22% wool, worsted (4) weight yarn, 150g/312yd – Click here to check out the 3-pack deal for some great savings!

L/8.0mm crochet hook- Furls Streamline or Hobby Lobby Yarnology Hooks are my favorites!


Yarn needle


Ch- chain, Hdc – half double crochet, Dc – double crochet, Pc- picot Sc – single crochet, Sk- skip, Sl- Slip, St- stitch

Special Stitches

V-stitch: (Dc, ch1, dc) into same stitch.

Shell: (5dc) in same stitch or space.

Picot Shell: (3dc, pc, 3dc) all into same stitch or space.

Gauge / Finished Size

6sts (5dc, 1sc) and 4 rows in 2” in pattern; {OR} 5 sts and 4 rounds hdc in 2”

Finished Cowl measures 11” from top to bottom, and 28” around.


Throughout the pattern, the turning chain does NOT count as a stitch, unless noted in pattern.

Chain stitches DO count as stitches when determining skipped stitches.

Mermaid Tears Cowl Crochet Pattern

Top Edge

Chain 84, slip to join.

Round 1: Ch 2, hdc in each ch around. [84 hdc]

Round 2: Ch 2, working through third loop only, hdc in each st around. [84 hdc]

Begin Mermaid Tears Stitch Pattern

Round 3: Ch 1, *sc, ch 1, sk 2, V-st in next, ch 1, sk 2,* repeat * to * around, sl. [14 V sts and sc]

Round 4: Ch 1, *sc in sc, 5 dc in center of V-st,* repeat * to * around, sl. [14sc and 5dc Shells]

Round 5: Ch 4 and dc in first sc (counts as V-st), *ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in 3rd dc, ch 1, sk 2 dc, V-st in sc,* repeat * to * 6 more times, ch 1, sk 2 dc, sc in 3rd dc, ch 1, sl to 3rd ch to join. [14 sc and V-st]

Round 6: Sl to center of V-st, ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 2 dc in same ch-space, *sk 2 sts, sc in sc, sk 2 sts, work 5 dc in center of V-st,* repeat * to * 6 more times, sk 2 sts, sc in sc, sk 2 sts, work 2dc in first V-st to complete initial shell. 14 sc and 5 dc shells]

Rounds 7-18: Repeat Rounds 3-6 THREE times.

Round 19: Repeat Round 3.

Picot Shell Finish

Round 20: Ch 1, *sc in sc, (3dc, pc, 3dc) in center of V-st,* repeat * to * around, sl. [14 sc and Picot Shells]


Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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